The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes derives its strength from its many volunteers. In fact, our Museum was founded over 40-years ago by a group of dedicated divers concerned with the preservation of maritime cultural heritage! We would not be what we are today without them.

Whether you're an experienced sailor with extensive nautical knowledge or a student looking for your forty hours of community service, the Marine Museum offers a volunteer opportunity for everyone!

Volunteer Projects

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Our volunteers work closely with Museum staff to support projects, activities and administration. They are an invaluable part of our Team. Over the years volunteers have been involved with everything from gift shop management and Alexander Henry tours to administration and Board Committees. There is also a dedicated group who have worked on numerous boat restoration projects; restoring such treasures at the Mowat Boat and most recently a small fleet of Y-flyers.

When the Museum moved to Portsmouth Olympic Harbour in 2016, volunteers took a much deserved extended vacation. Then, when news came in summer 2019 that we had re-acquired our historic 55 Ontario St. property - they were all hands on deck from the start. Our dedicated volunteers took on the enormous task of cleaning the exerior and interior of the building, rebuilding the flower beds, repairing doors, and so much more.

Their most impressive accomplishment is without a doubt the draining, cleaning and repainting of the dry dock and casson pumps in the Pumproom which had gradually submerged in water when electricity was cut off in 2016. Now, sub-pumps ensure the water stays out and the equipment has a beautiful fresh coat of paint.

Finally, volunteers are also present in the back-end supporting website redevelopment, governing committee work and strategic planning at the Board of Directors level.

It takes a dedicated crew to (wo)man-a-ship, and we are incredibly grateful for ours.


Volunteer Policy

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston engages volunteers at all levels of its operation. The Marine Museum encourages a mutually beneficial environment where members of the Board of Trustees, Staff and Volunteers work in a collegial atmosphere of mutual respect and tolerance to achieve common goals and objectives which will benefit the Museum.

For the purposes of this document, a volunteer is defined as an individual who performs a service requested, agreed upon, and supervised by the Marine Museum without expectation of compensation.  Such an individual agrees to adhere to all relevant federal, provincial and municipal regulations which govern their actions and to follow the policies of Marine Museum.

Direct administration of volunteers (recruitment, retention and recognition) is the responsibility of the Executive Director with the assistance of the Volunteer Committee, and is guided by Marine Museum Volunteer policies and procedures.